Australian Museum Journal Lost in the Sirius? - Consideration of the provenance of the hatchet head recovered from the Sirius wreck site, Norfolk Island. In F.D. McCarthy, Commemorative Papers (Archaeology, Anthropology, Rock Art), ed. Jim Specht

Shortform:
McBryde and Watchman, 1993, Rec. Aust. Mus., Suppl. 17: 129–143
Author(s):
McBryde, Isabel; Watchman, A.
Year published:
1993
Title:
Lost in the Sirius? - Consideration of the provenance of the hatchet head recovered from the Sirius wreck site, Norfolk Island. In F.D. McCarthy, Commemorative Papers (Archaeology, Anthropology, Rock Art), ed. Jim Specht
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum, Supplement
Volume:
17
Start page:
129
End page:
143
DOI:
10.3853/j.0812-7387.17.1993.65
Language:
English
Date published:
27 May 1993
Cover date:
27 May 1993
ISBN:
ISBN 0-7310-0280-6
ISSN:
0812-7387
CODEN:
RAMSEZ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
ARCHAEOLOGY; CULTURE: INDIGENOUS; ETHNOGRAPHY; AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM
Digitized:
16 June 2009
Reference number:
65
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EndNote file
Title page:
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Complete work:
Complete work (3663kb PDF)

Abstract

A ground stone hatchet head was found in the excavation of the Sirius which was wrecked off Norfolk Island in 1790. This paper explores the problems of establishing its ultimate origins, its cultural context and its historical significance. Historical, formal and petrological studies suggest a source for the raw material in the cobble beds of the Nepean River, New South Wales, and the inclusion of the hatchet head in a collection of curiosities of an officer on the Sirius.